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Biological Volunteer Internship

Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Key Largo ,  Florida

A biological volunteer internship position will be offered at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge (CLNWR) in Key Largo, FL.  This position will work on various land management and research projects within the unique ecosystems of the Upper Florida Keys. Duties consist of tasks common to natural resource management including: wildlife surveys, habitat restoration, inventorying and monitoring of endangered species; and assisting in other wildlife management activities as assigned. This position requires strenuous physical activity that includes exotic plant eradication, small mammal trapping, planting native plants, and conducting field work independently or as a part of a group to support biological programs. In addition to field work, up to 30% of the position's time may include data entry including use of Access, Excel, and ArcGIS.

Field work will be conducted in many types of habitats including mangrove, tropical hardwood hammock, and disturbed sites.   CLNWR is an ideal site for those looking to start a career in natural resource management or endangered species research because of the many complex conservation challenges.

A number of endangered and threatened species are encountered in CLNWR, such as the American Crocodile, Key Largo Woodrat, Keys Tree Cactus and Key Largo Cotton Mouse. Because of the many endangered species, a number of ongoing research projects are underway to answer important management questions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Remote camera monitoring
  • Native plant restoration planting and monitoring success
  • Invasive predator monitoring and control
  • Invasive plant species mapping and control
  • Crocodile nest monitoring and hatchling work
  • Herp monitoring
  • Assist with python and woodrat research
  • Maintenance of field equipment and supplies
  • Public outreach activities, including participating in special Refuge educational events and volunteer work days
  • Data entry as needed

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a current student or recent graduate in Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, or a related field
  • Must have an outgoing and positive personality and get along well with others
  • Ability to communicate well with visitors and staff both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently on daily tasks and good observational skills
  • Time management and problem solving skills
  • Ability to walk in extreme temperatures for long distances, carry equipment (30 lbs), tolerant of biting insects and aware of nearby poisonous plants
  • Skills in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access
  • Schedule flexibility (8 to 12 hours daily) including occasional evening shifts
  • Valid driver's license

Recommended Qualifications

  • Experience navigating with and recording data in Garmin/Trimble GPS units
  • Paddling (kayaks and canoes)

Job Benefits

  • Bunkhouse style co-ed lodging is available at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Key Largo, Florida.
  • Training on invasive plant species identification and control techniques
  • Potential to participate in DOI Motorboat Operator Certification Course (schedule permitting)
  • Experience in natural resource management and endangered species conservation
  • Living in a unique sub-tropical environment. Leisurely activities during days off may include kayaking, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing, photography, hiking, and birding.

The start date will be flexible, preferably around June 12th and the position will be a minimum of 3 months, but can be extended for a total of 6 months.

Please email cover letter, resume, availability date(s), and three references by June 1st to Jeremy_Dixon@fws.gov.



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